There seem to be a steady dribble now of people on these forums now trying unicycles. How about you open a separate thread for newbs and wannabes and tell us about it? What sort. What you think you will do with it. What the neighbours think. What your kids think.
Seemed like a good idea so here it is, if you have recently (anytime in the last 10 years) bought a unicycle or are thinking about it then this thread is for you!
OK so my background.
Why I got one? Cause I have always wanted one and family was looking for a birthday present idea for me
What sort? Cheap Chinese one bought online. Why? because I think my wife thought it was stupid and I wouldn't stick with it so why waste a lot of money on it!
What the neighbours think? No idea, I haven't got out of the garage yet. A delivery man the other day saw it however and thought it was really cool and asked a whole lot of questions about it and he would love to get one.
What my kids think Daughter thinks it is really cool and has the face paints ready to paint my face when I can ride it properly. My son thinks his dad is an idiot!
What will I do with it? When I initially wanted one I thought it would be cool on the one day a week that I drove to work (instead of cycling) and parked about 5 blocks from the office to ride it from the car to the office. Instead I rode a skateboard. Now I work from home so that is mute. Instead I think it will be fun to ride on a shared pathway with my wife when she goes for a jog, down to the local take away to pick up burgers etc, the odd transfer for a few blocks when I drive somewhere with a few blocks walk.
So how are things going so far?
I have had it for 1 week. Started in the tiled hallway where I could reach each wall for balance. When I could go the length of the hall (5m) with the aid of the walls I moved to the garage. There I could barely make 1 pedal stroke initially but slowly improving. 2 pedals, 3 pedals, now my best is the length of the garage. So steadily improving but have ridden about 2-3 hours now. Amazingly frustrating and slow to progress (nothing like riding a bike!). Also I have a sore butt (wasn't expecting that as I ride a road bike quite a bit). Feel I am getting close to the "breakthrough" in that now I can sometimes get 5m, once I can get to 10m it should be starting to flow. Keeping an even pedal rotation seems to be the key, where most of the time I "fall" is at the top/bottom position where it stalls and causes me to wobble.
Sort of like learning to juggle, 1 set was really hard, 2 was pretty tricky, it took me another week to get to 5 then only a couple of days to get to 10 and a couple more to get to 20 sets, then I could juggle as long as I could concentrate.
Overall still having a lot of fun and still looking forward to getting more proficient.
Any tips or suggestions from competent unicyclists of course I would really welcome!
Anyone else care to share?